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Jose Vitor Leme Ranked No. 1

Nov 062019

Jose Vitor Leme not only earned another event-win at the elite level of PBR competition by going 3-for-3 this past weekend, but he did so in the most dominating fashion since making his PBR debut on U.S. soil two years ago at the World Finals.

He earned scores of 88.25, 88.75 and 90.5 points in winning all three rounds of competition in Anaheim, California, to become the first rider this season to win every round of an elite event.

“I want to thank God for keeping me healthy,” Leme said afterward with the help of Paulo Crimber. “I’m just loving the moment. My life and my career (are) amazing.”

The win — his third of the 2019 season — catapulted the Monster Energy bull rider back to the top of the of the PBR world standings.

He now leads his closest competitor by 451 points. 

“It’s not decided yet,” Leme said. “There’s a lot to happen. Guys are riding great and it’s an amazing race. I just want to continue to be healthy and riding all my bulls.”

 

Leme has a season-long riding average of 51 percent at the elite level and a combined 57 percent at all levels of competition. 

 

Anaheim was Leme’s third elite-level event win bolstered by his 10 90-plus point rides and an even more impressive 16 round wins—three of which came this weekend.

 

“He who wants it the most usually wins,” said J.W. Hart, during a Ride Pass broadcast of the final round, “and, to me, Jose looks like he wants it the most.”

 

Three other Monster Energy riders — Chase Outlaw, 3; Derek Kolbaba, 8, and Marco Eguchi, 9 — are also ranked in the Top 10 of the standings.

 

Kolbaba was 2-for-3 in Anaheim and finished ninth in the average.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney is 32nd in the world and despite a series of crippling injuries, he is battling to qualify for his 14th consecutive World Finals appearance. 

 

“It’s pretty hard for me,” said Mauney, when asked about missing events because of injuries. “I’ve been pretty hard-headed my whole career about not taking the time I should to let things heal.”

 

He told CBS Sports Network broadcaster Kate Harrison that if he’s going to compete in Las Vegas this November, he simply needs to “stay on, make the whistle, do my job and the rest will come with it.”

 

Leme is a decade younger than Mauney and still looking for his first world title but sounds eerily similar when it comes to simplifying the task at hand.

 

Stay on.

 

“If God wants me to win the gold buckle, I will be so happy,” Leme concluded.

 

Leme, Outlaw, Kolbaba, Eguchi and Mauney will be among the Top 35 riders in Springfield, Missouri, for a three-day elite-level event this weekend. 

 

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